Atkins appoints Lee Morris as head of architecture in the Middle East and Africa
Design and engineering firm Atkins has announced the appointment of Lee Morris as its head in architecture for the Middle East and Africa region today.
Morris’ role involves managing a team of architects and designers as well as urbanists to spearhead the firm’s projects in the region, with a focus on its increasing activity in the Saudi Arabia market.
The firm has masterplanned the KAAR (King Abdul Aziz Road) development in KSA over the last eight years and is now designing one of the key gateway buildings and two hotels for the project.
Prior to joining Atkins, Morris’ previous roles have included four years respectively as a senior development director at H&H Investment and Development LLC, design director at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Company Projects as well as other senior positions at Atkins.
Simon Moon, Atkins’ CEO for the Middle East and Africa, commenting on Morris’ appointment, said: “During this time of change in the region, fresh and innovative approaches to design are essential. I’m very happy to welcome Lee back to Atkins where I believe he will bring great vision and leadership to our architecture team in the region.”
Morris commented on the appointment, saying: “I am delighted to be back at Atkins, especially at a time where the firm is experiencing a demand for innovation in design across projects. The company has a rich heritage in the region, bringing all its international experience to turn clients’ visions into reality.”
Morris first joined Atkins in the UK and Europe in June 2002, as head of design to oversee all aspects of design output, leading the multidisciplinary team of architects and engineers on a broad range of projects from concept designs through to onsite construction.
He then transferred to Atkins in the Middle East and Africa in 2004 as a senior design architect where he was one of the key contributors to the company’s growth, while also accelerating his career and becoming a design director in December 2007.
During this time, Morris led the architectural and engineering department of 60 team members at the Atkins offices in Dubai and spent over four years leading several projects across Middle East and Africa, including The Executive Towers, Trump International Hotel and Tower and QE2 Twin Towers.
Morris has more than 23 years of extensive experience as an architect, with accreditation from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Architects Registration Board (ARB). He has worked on small to large scale masterplans, residential, education, hotels, Ministry of Defence and cultural projects and has lived and worked in the UK, Hong Kong, China, Asia, Australia and the Middle East.